I'm a day late, I know. I wrote an entry last night about Independence Day, our nation as a prisoner of debt, the destructive results of feeling entitled, and how a big step in the right direction would be for everyone to cut up their credit cards. Sort of my plea for a return to earned rewards.
It was on my mind because yesterday was July 4th, but people don't come here to hear me spout off about the economy or politics or shredding credit cards, so I chucked it. Besides, it wasn't very positive, and my overriding philosophy in life is that it's important to focus on the positive.
So let me get back to the things you might like to hear about or have me respond to.
Starting with...lots of comments at last week's posting--I will go back there and reply, promise!
Moving onto...The Running Dream. Yes, it's posted at the on-line bookstores, so I've added an image of the cover here. My editor told me that the bound galleys have been printed, so the book will go out to reviewers soon...even though the book won't be out until January 2011. I love the jacket art of this book, and I'm holding my breath to see if the way this story moved me will translate to the reader. Critics can be so...critical! So I just hold my breath and hope that what's in my head and heart sweeps from the page and into the head and heart of the reader. We'll see!
I received movie posters for Flipped this week. What's interesting to me is the little "Photo Shopped" change. Bryce and Juli's hands are no longer visible on the tree branch. Before they were holding hands, now that's not visible. Their hands have moved to the other side of the tree branch and we can no longer see them. I like it better this way, and that they made this change is very interesting to me.
Also, I have to say, Warner Brothers is being wonderfully inclusive toward me. Aside from sending me a supply of posters for area schools (long story for later), they've included me in their press kit, have done a remarkable book-to-film "featurette" for the e-book, and have invited the four of us to the Hollywood premiere in late July. I will be able to report back to you about what a Hollywood premiere is really like and spin tales from the after-party. Should be fun!
Random House will have me on "Random Buzzers" - sort of an on-line chat that takes place over about 2 weeks starting in early August. I'll give you details as time draws closer. It would be fun to have you join me there.
And meanwhile I'm working away on Sammy Keyes and the Night of Skulls (the 'working title'). It's going great!
Thanks for checking in. I'll see you next Sunday!